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机场里的小旅行 – A Week at the Airport by Alain de Botton

机场原本只是旅行中的过渡性空间,发生的不过是“出发”与“抵达”,但在阿兰·德波顿的眼中,却成为了一个综合各种文化面貌的博物馆。

2009年夏天,阿兰·德波顿获邀担任英国希斯罗国际机场的“首位驻站作家”。他可以结识来自全球各地的旅客,访谈形形色色的人物,包括安检人员、飞行员、首席执行官,乃至机场牧师;他还可以在出境大厅、入境大厅、机场限制区和机场酒店随意进出,德波顿以他独特的视角探索着机场这个熟悉又神秘的“非场所”,观察着其中的奇妙与庸俗之处,以及旅客与员工的互动。一周后,根据他的所见所闻,以他融合了风趣和智慧的一贯笔触,写出了这部非凡的跨界文化创意之作,探讨旅行、工作、人际关系以及日常生活的本质。让我们知道,待在机场里,可能比我们以为的更具启发性。

We all spend longer than we would like waiting around in airports, but we rarely discover anything about our fellow travellers or those who work there. In the summer of 2009, however, Alain de Botton was given unprecedented, unrestricted access to wander around Heathrow, one of the world’s biggest airports, having been appointed its Writer-in-Residence. He spoke with everyone from airline staff and senior executives to travellers passing through, and based on these conversations he produced this extraordinary account of life at an airport and what it says about modern existence.

Working with the renowned documentary photographer Richard Baker, he explores the magical and the mundane, and the stories that inhabit this strange “non-place” that we are usually eager to leave. Taking the listener through the departures lounge, “airside” and the arrivals hall, de Botton shows with his usual combination of wit and wisdom that spending time in an airport can be more useful and more revealing than we might think.

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